MOSCOW-Russia is deepening cuts in natural gas supplies to ex-Soviet neighbor Belarus over what it claims is a debt of nearly $200 million.
Alexei Miller, chief of Russia's state-controlled Gazprom gas giant, said the company has cut supplies by 30% starting Tuesday.
Gazprom initially reduced supplies by 15% on Monday and warned it would eventually cut the deliveries by 85% if Belarus refuses to pay its debt.
Belarus' Energy Ministry in a letter to the European Commission late Monday warned that cuts of more than 15% could lead to transit shortages.
Gazprom has promised that European customers won't be affected by the shutoff as Gazprom can channel gas supplies normally going via Belarus through another transit pipeline crossing Ukraine.